My trip to Ronchamp

[![](http://farm1.static.flickr.com/152/423357821_fbd1917336.jpg)](http://www.flickr.com/photos/arunstephens/423357821/ "photo sharing")[Cathedral in Ronchamp](http://www.flickr.com/photos/arunstephens/423357821/), originally uploaded by [Arun Stephens](http://www.flickr.com/people/arunstephens/). I have decided, every now and then, to choose a photo…

Election results

I just wrote a whole lot and then Internet Explorer crashed because the Flash plugin crashed. That was annoying. I got a screenshot of most of it though. Perhaps Blogger should automatically save drafts like Gmail does. As predicted, Sarko and Ségo got through to the second round. I watched…

Teaching life skills via… The O.C.

That might sound like a strange title, but it’s what’s happening on France 2 in twenty minutes. They are showing Newport Beach (as it’s called in French) every day (starting from the first season) as part of thing called Mag 2.0. Each day they take a…

Election day in France

Today is the first round in the French presidential election. A candidate has to get a majority (i.e. > 50%) in order to win. If nobody gets over 50% today, then there is another election in two weeks with the top two candidates from today, who most people expect…

Nouvelle Star: My audition

So, a couple of weeks ago Nouvelle Star, the French version of Pop Idol, started on M6 with the auditions in Marseille, which I attended. Unfortunately I wasn’t good enough or bad enough to make it to TV but I am available online: Casting Marseille – Candidat 7458 – nouvellestar [Casting…

Where is Brian?

Gad Elmaleh, a French stand-up comic and movie star, did a show in Lyon that’s on DVD now, called L’autre, c’est moi. All the kids have seen it here. Well, most of them. In it, he recounts how at school one of the first sentences he learnt…

Hello and Welcome

So, I am finally getting around to posting stories about my trip to the other side of the world and my time in France. I tried writing my own blog engine to go with my photos on my web site at http://www.arunstephens.com/ but really, why reinvent the…

Mont Blanc

This is the view from the top of l’Aiguille du Midi above Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. [![Mont Blanc](http://farm1.static.flickr.com/158/423358727_b4da233e2e.jpg)](http://www.flickr.com/photos/arunstephens/423358727/ "Photo Sharing")Somewhere in that photo is Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe. It looks like a…

Nouvelle Star 2

(I wrote this in my hotel room on Word. It hasn’t been published before 14/03/07.) Right, I’ve got all that I needed to get done. In only 40 minutes too, that’s pretty good. Actually I didn’t have much to do, just get that photo…